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What personality features do heroes and psychopaths have in common?
A recent research paper attempts to answer the question: “Are psychopaths and heroes twigs off the same branch?” Psychopathy is usually thought of as one of the most malevolent manifestations of a disturbed personality structure as it is associated with sel...
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Cannabis Use and Psychosis: The Still Difficult Question of Causality
Many studies have linked adolescent cannabis use and risk of becoming psychotic later in
life. However, the question of whether cannabis use actually causes some people
to become psychotic is a difficult one to answer and the evidence remains
inconclusive. ...
Many studies have linked adolescent cannabis use and risk of becoming psychotic later in life. However, the question of whether cannabis use actually causes some people to become psychotic is a difficult one to answer and the...
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Heroes and Villains: Banal or Special People? Part 1 of 2
What moves a person to become a hero or a villain? Do people
perform heroic actions, acts which involve genuine risk to themselves, because
they are special people, or is it just a matter of circumstance, being in the
right place at the right time? Do peopl...
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I respond to a cynical and uninformed article that attempts to critique a recently publicised study. 
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Blasphemous art and attitudes towards censorship: Examining an apparent double standard
Blasphemy is a naturally controversial subject. In modern
Western countries there is a tension between the liberal democratic tradition
upholding the right to freedom of expression on the one hand and the desire not
to offend religious sensibilities on the ...
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Atheists and Their Capacity for Awe at Life
The emotion of awe is a self-transcendent one, in the sense that the experience of awe entails a feeling of being confronted with something much greater than oneself. Many people think of awe as a particularly religious emotion and therefore seem to assume ...
The emotion of awe is a self-transcendent one, in the sense that the experience of awe entails a feeling of being confronted with something much greater than oneself. Many people think of awe as a particularly religious emoti...
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Repost of my article about peak experiences in psilocybin users originally posted on Psychology Today
Psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin have been of interest to psychologists due to their ability to induce altered states of intense well-being and profound personal significance. A recent study asked people, some who were p...
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Heroes and Villains: Banal or Special People? Part 2 of 2
In part 1 of this post, I discussed
the situationist analysis of the “banality” of evil and of heroism
respectively. To recap, according to Phil Zimbardo and colleagues, both heroic
acts and evil acts occur primarily in response to situational factors, rath...
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Results from 80 years of research on personality & health.
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Cat and Dog people under attack! Cynicism and ignorance passing as science journalism
According to an unpublished study that has attracted attention recently, cat people are more intelligent than dog people. Details of the study and its findings are provided in this press release , and it has been widely reported on many websites, such as Ti...
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Facebook as a conduit for misinformation and racism: The role of shallow information processing
In a previous post ,
I discussed how there seems to be a trend today to regard having a Facebook
account as a sort of quick and dirty indicator of normal social adjustment, and
that some
employers – very unfairly – regard people who choose not to use the si...
In a previous post, I discussed how there seems to be a trend today to regard having a Facebook account as a sort of quick and dirty indicator of normal social adjustment, and that some employers – very unfairly – regard peop...
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Is Parapsychology a "Taboo" Subject in Science?
Parapsychology has been a controversial subject from its
very inception. Many scientists have expressed doubts that psi – the broad term for paranormal phenomena such as telepathy,
precognition, and psychokinesis – is real or that parapsychology is a genuin...
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Psychology graduate with boundless curiosity. I blog on Psychology Today about a range of subjects that interest me. I have a particular interest in personality and intelligence. Scientific controversies are best approached with a level head and a regard for truth over politics or ideology in my view.
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Bungee jumped in Cairns. Parasailed in Austria (much less scary than bungee jumping!). Snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef.
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    Psychology, 2012
  • University of New England
  • Macquarie University
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“Bigfoot” Samples Yield Opossum DNA
www.the-scientist.com

Supposed Sasquatch samples turn out to be a mix of opossum and other known species, according to a new analysis.

Belief In God Supports Prejudice Against Gays And Atheists
www.psychologytoday.com

Belief in God is a stronger predictor of some kinds of prejudice than dogmatism

Intelligence And Politics Have a Complex Relationship
www.psychologytoday.com

The way political views relate to intelligence may depend on social context

Is Insulting Religion
www.psychologytoday.com

No amount of provocation can excuse violence.

4 Things Pop Psychology Gets Wrong
www.psychologytoday.com

Popular psychology advice that's problematic.

The Secrets Behind Psychology’s Most Famous Experiment
www.psychologytoday.com

What you didn't know about the Milgram experiments but thought you did

» Perinatal Choline Supplement May Lower Schizophrenia Risk - Psych Cent...
psychcentral.com

A new study reveals that babies who received the essential nutrient choline perinatally (before or just after birth) were far less likely to

Porn Stars and Evolutionary Psychology
www.psychologytoday.com

Porn stars may be following unusual but evolved mating strategies.

Troubled Souls: Spirituality as a Mental Health Hazard
www.psychologytoday.com

Spiritual but not religious people have poorer mental health.

The Personalities of Porn Stars
www.psychologytoday.com

What recent research might suggest about porn stars� personality traits

The spirituality of psychedelic drug users
www.psychologytoday.com

Psychedelic drug users may be more "spiritual" than other people.

The Extreme Female Brain: Not So Female After All?
www.psychologytoday.com

Claims linking eating disorders with an "extreme female brain" are debatable.

Are Sex And Religion Natural Enemies?
www.psychologytoday.com

Loving thoughts might increase religious belief, and sexy thoughts decrease it.

Psilocybin and Brain Function
www.psychologytoday.com

A brain imaging study of psilocybin revealed unexpected findings.

Why There Are Sex Differences in General Knowledge
www.psychologytoday.com

Baron-Cohen's theory of empathizing�systemizing may provide an explanation.

Is There Something Wrong With People Who Do Not Use Facebook?
www.psychologytoday.com

Concerns about non-users being maladjusted are unfounded and unfair.